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Vendor Approved Courseware. For Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista. Microsoft Office Specialist. Fast Facts on Office Specialist The Office Specialist program is available in more than 100 countries and in 19 different languages.

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Vendor Approved Courseware

For Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista

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Microsoft Office Specialist

  • Fast Facts on Office Specialist

  • The Office Specialist program is available in more than 100 countries and in 19 different languages.

  • More than 2.5 million Office Specialist certificates have been issued.

  • Approximately 38,000 Office Specialist certificates are issued each month.

  • More than 8,000 Office Specialist Master Instructors have been certified.

  • Network of courseware vendors supporting the program worldwide

  • Customers are saying:

  • Help me use Microsoft Office products with confidence

  • Make it easy for me to use certification in the hiring, managing, promoting process

  • Help me turn my knowledge into deliverables

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PC User Taxonomy Pivots onAttitudes, Behaviors & Dual/Personal




Sweet Spot






Key: (US data shown)

% Personal Only Users

Uninspired Personals

Reluctant Personals

% Dual Users

Absolute PC Usage



Note: Size of pie chart reflects size of segment in US






Tech Enthusiasm

Tech Enthusiasm Dimensions: I am enthusiastic about consumer electronics and digital devices, I am excited about PCs (difference between average agree and disagree).

Y-Axis: % of scenarios done on a PC out of ones eligible to participate in (based on users status; personal only users = 19, work only users = 14, dual users = 33); not including Non-Electronic Games and Taking Pictures (which cannot be done on a PC)

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Business Certification Strategic Vision

Target Office 2007 Certification Markets

Today, Microsoft Learning certifies about 2% of the target audience – compared to about 6% of the IT Professional and Developer audience.

31MStudents / Instructors

37M Office Workers

With Office 2007 Microsoft Learning will grow the number of certified individuals to approximately 5% of the target audience.

43M Office Managers

  • Microsoft Learning is investing in:

  • Marketing to drive awareness

  • Greater integration with Office and Office Online

  • New products to provide greater flexibility in delivering and certifying skills

  • Increased delivery partners

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Product Attributes

  • Application Professional Exams

  • Focused on experienced business professionals

  • Validates the candidate’s ability to use the Office 12 suite of products, and SharePoint to accomplish industry-agnostic job functions, for example Budget Analysis and Forecasting, or Content Management and Collaboration

  • Focuses on collaborative, complex efforts

  • Exams will not test knowledge of concepts such as Return on Investment (ROI), but will test the candidate’s ability to calculate ROI based on a data set, share it out in various documents, and automatically update information as inputs change

  • Does NOT test “soft skills”

  • Application Specialist Exams

  • Focused on students, entry level professionals, experienced professionals wanting to show breadth of skills

  • Validates the candidate's features and functionality skills within a single product, for example Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word

  • Focuses on individual efforts

  • Official Assessments

  • Focused on students, learning environments

  • Assesses current skills and provides learning plans to gain skills in deficient areas

  • One to one relationship with Application Specialist Exams

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Business Certification Future

Current Microsoft Office Certification Program

Office 2007 Microsoft Office Certification Program

Microsoft offers core expert and master certifications in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access for Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003

Professional Series

Application Series

Pre Test


Live in the application testing

Available through Certiport

No benefits

~$75 SRP

Live in the application testing

Available through Certiport and other partners

Logo’s for individual, Private site on

~$75 SRP


Product based learning materials

Connect with the CPLS channel!

Ability to focus on Professional Series learning material

Continue driving business with your “Sweet Spot” products

Supply vouchers with learning materials